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Off Script

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Reporter Jill Croteau and photographer Nate Luit shape and delve into memorable stories and the people that make a difference in our community. Off Script is a bi-weekly podcast that endeavours to give you depth, context and understanding of stories that matter.

Reporter Jill Croteau and photographer Nate Luit shape and delve into memorable stories and the people that make a difference in our community. Off Script is a bi-weekly podcast that endeavours to give you depth, context and understanding of stories that matter.
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United States

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Curiouscast

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Reporter Jill Croteau and photographer Nate Luit shape and delve into memorable stories and the people that make a difference in our community. Off Script is a bi-weekly podcast that endeavours to give you depth, context and understanding of stories that matter.

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English


Episodes

Thank You

4/5/2019
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It’s how they found hope out of tragedy. It's been nearly five years since a horrible tragedy in Calgary’s community of Brentwood took the lives of five young people. Now their families are inspiring healing with the city's first dedicated musical garden. A reflective space in honor of their kids and a gift back to Calgarians who helped them through their darkest days.

Duration:00:20:01

Thank You

4/4/2019
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It’s how they found hope out of tragedy. It's been nearly five years since a horrible tragedy in Calgary’s community of Brentwood took the lives of five young people. Now their families are inspiring healing with the city's first dedicated musical garden. A reflective space in honor of their kids and a gift back to Calgarians who helped them through their darkest days. Listen to "Thank You" on podcast on Friday, April 5, or tune into Off Script on 770 CHQR on Saturday, April 6 at 5 a.m. and...

Duration:00:02:06

Trained to Kill

3/22/2019
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It’s a blood sport, a fight to the death. Dogs pitted against each other in a makeshift torture arena while spectators gamble on which breed will triumph. It’s an underground crime that rescue organizations say the public needs to know about. It’s brutal, uncomfortable and disturbing, but those on the front lines say it’s time to lift the veil on this well-kept secret.

Duration:00:20:00

Remember Me - Updated

3/8/2019
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We're off this week, but we wanted to bring you a favourite episode from the archives with an update -- stay tuned to the end of the episode. Those living on the streets of Calgary are dying decades earlier than the life expectancy for the average person. Often they are alone, without a family to support them in the final days. They are sometimes judged for how they’ve lived but a dedicated medical team is ensuring dignity in the way they’re dying. They tirelessly devote themselves to...

Duration:00:22:07

The Albatross in the Room

2/22/2019
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More Albertans than ever before are choosing medically-assisted death. Among them, a former nun who wasn’t waiting for God to decide when she died. She wanted to make that decision all on her own. In this episode we explore the controversy and conflict between religion and medically assisted death, and uncover a beautiful and friendship between faithful friends and how they helped their terminally diagnosed friend in her final journey of life -- fulfilling her final wishes.

Duration:00:20:01

Hug It Out

2/8/2019
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Experts have studied the evolution of human conditioning and found that because of technology, real connection is absent from our daily lives. There can be deprivation of the human touch. Single. Married, young and old… the need is universal. And professional cuddlers have found a way to restore and nurture therapeutic touch. It’s a form of therapy growing in popularity.

Duration:00:20:00

Hug It Out

2/7/2019
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Experts have studied the evolution of human conditioning and found that because of technology, real connection is absent from our daily lives. There can be deprivation of the human touch. Single. Married, young and old… the need is universal. And professional cuddlers have found a way to restore and nurture therapeutic touch. It’s a form of therapy growing in popularity. Episode 33, "Hug It Out," will be released on podcast on Friday, Feb. 8. Hear "Hug It OUt" on 770 CHQR on Saturday,...

Duration:00:02:35

Kickstart My Heart

1/25/2019
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This is a story about all the stars aligning. Some even calling it a miracle. Every thing and every one working together perfectly when seconds count. This is the story about how an 11 year old girls’ life was saved by her school principal and teachers. They went above and beyond. Just one month after being trained in first aid, their grade 6 student collapsed on the schoolyard, her heart stopped and she wasn’t breathing. Knowing what to do allowed them to become heroes…rescuing their...

Duration:00:20:00

Big Girls Don't Cry

1/11/2019
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A Calgary woman who created a meetup group for women who are big in size and abundant in personality has created a movement. She’s defied all the stereotypes and has a refreshing outlook in this world where people often don’t think they’re good enough. This fearless group of women are embracing body positivity.

Duration:00:20:01

Sisterhood

12/21/2018
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It’s a lifeline for some vulnerable youth. A very unique program designed specifically for young Indigenous girls. Stardale brings together these female teenagers who share a common experience. Many come from broken homes, suffered abuse, exposed to addiction, struggle with suicidal thoughts….but in this one space once a week they can be as vulnerable as they want to be. The program gives them confidence and empowerment.

Duration:00:20:01

Sisterhood

12/20/2018
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It’s a lifeline for some vulnerable youth. A very unique program designed specifically for young Indigenous girls. Stardale brings together these female teenagers who share a common experience. Many come from broken homes, suffered abuse, exposed to addiction, struggle with suicidal thoughts….but in this one space once a week they can be as vulnerable as they want to be. The program gives them confidence and empowerment. Episode 30, "Sisterhood," will be released on podcast on Friday, Dec....

Duration:00:01:46

The Last Shift

12/7/2018
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An unusual change to the criminal code has been sitting dormant for over a decade. It’s a law designed to be applied when there’s negligence on a job site. But when a worker dies in this country because safety is ignored, it’s rare anybody is held to account. Nate and Jill uncover how one police jurisdiction is paving the way for the rest of Canada to ensure people go home at the end of their shift.

Duration:00:20:00

The Last Shift

12/6/2018
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An unusual change to the criminal code has been sitting dormant for over a decade. It’s a law designed to be applied when there’s negligence on a job site. But when a worker dies in this country because safety is ignored, it’s rare anybody is held to account. Nate and Jill uncover how one police jurisdiction is paving the way for the rest of Canada to ensure people go home at the end of their shift. Episode 29, "The Last Shift," will be released on podcast on Friday, Dec. 7. Hear "The...

Duration:00:02:08

Show and Tell

11/23/2018
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It’s a rarely talked about part of the journey of breast cancer. But a national organization is creating a unique and intimate experience that allows women to see real-life surgical results and gain a better understanding from women who have undergone breast surgery. Reconstruction options are often only talked about in doctor’s and surgeon’s offices. We bring the audience the 'Show and Tell' lounge. It’s a brave, compelling, heartfelt and emotional experience.

Duration:00:20:01

Trailer: Show and Tell

11/22/2018
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It’s a rarely talked about part of the journey of breast cancer. But a national organization is creating a unique and intimate experience that allows women to see real-life surgical results and gain a better understanding from women who have undergone breast surgery. Reconstruction options are often only talked about in doctor’s and surgeon’s offices. We bring the audience to the 'Show and Tell' lounge. It’s a brave, compelling, heartfelt and emotional experience. Episode 28, "Show and...

Duration:00:02:18

The Cavalry's Base Camp

11/9/2018
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Over the last decade, a selfless contingent of people volunteer hours of their time to erect a symbolic cemetery in Calgary. A 5-acre grassy field along Memorial Drive is transformed into "The Field of Crosses." Every Remembrance Day, 3400 crosses grace this vast space honoring the southern Albertans who died on the battlefields of war. But there’s an especially unique brigade of bikers -- veterans -- who spend exhausting days implanting the metal bases for the crosses to stand proud. These...

Duration:00:20:01

Trailer: The Cavalry's Base Camp

11/8/2018
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Over the last decade, a selfless contingent of people volunteer hours of their time to erect a symbolic cemetery in Calgary. A 5-acre grassy field along Memorial Drive is transformed into "The Field of Crosses." Every Remembrance Day, 3400 crosses grace this vast space honoring the southern Albertans who died on the battlefields of war. But there’s an especially unique brigade of bikers -- veterans -- who spend exhausting days implanting the metal bases for the crosses to stand proud. These...

Duration:00:02:05

Paging Dr. Bob

10/26/2018
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Do you believe in ghosts? It’s a fascinating question that attracted Nate and Jill to a heritage home in Drumheller. The original owner lost his life inside the home, but appears to have never left. The man who now lives in this century-old character home doesn’t mind sharing his space with the spirit of Dr. Bob. We went in with open minds to take a tour of this haunted home in the days leading up to Halloween.

Duration:00:20:01

Trailer: Paging Dr. Bob

10/25/2018
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Do you believe in ghosts? It’s a fascinating question that attracted Nate and Jill to a heritage home in Drumheller. The original owner lost his life inside the home, but appears to have never left. The man who now lives in this century-old character home doesn’t mind sharing his space with the spirit of Dr. Bob. We went in with open minds to take a tour of this haunted home in the days leading up to Halloween. Episode 26, "Paging Dr. Bob," will be released on podcast on Friday, October...

Duration:00:01:36

The Doctor Will See You Now

10/12/2018
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A unique medical clinic is the first of its kind in Alberta. After having navigated the intimidating health care system herself, the mother of a transgender teen created a non-profit foundation designed specifically for transgender youth. Skipping Stone is saving lives and making a profound difference in the community. From humble beginnings it’s now become a critical service for trans youth and their families.

Duration:00:20:00